Since making her Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 as first prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, 21-year old pianist Rieko Tsuchida has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Tsuchida made her professional concerto debut in 2011, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the California Symphony. That year she was also one of eight pianists invited to the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland. In May 2013 she made her solo recital debut at The Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. She has also performed with the Ashdod Symphonic Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the California Youth Symphony, and the San Domenico Orchestra. She was recently invited to perform for the Consul General of Japan, Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, in New York City.
Ms. Tsuchida has won numerous awards, such as the 2012 Avanti Award, a generous grant awarded to artists of any age pursuing a career in the visual or performing arts. She was also named a fellow of the YoungArts 2012 program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, which granted her the opportunity to perform at the New World Center in Miami. Other notable prizes include third prize in the 2012 International Institute for Young Musicians’ International Piano Competition and first prizes in the 2011 San Francisco Young Pianists’ Competition, 2009 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, 2009 Ross McKee Competition and the 2008 KDFC Classical Star Search, for which Lang Lang was a guest judge. In 2003 Rieko was the youngest prizewinner in the Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia.
Although born in Japan, she received most of her early musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, studying with John McCarthy. In San Francisco she has appeared in a joint program alongside opera stars Placido Domingo at the San Francisco Museum of the Modern Art and alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Frederica Von Stade at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s “Annual Gala.” Additionally she performed to a capacity audience at Herbst Theatre as a soloist on the NPR show “From the Top.” Ms. Tsuchida is a recipient of the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation Endowed Piano Scholarship, the Leon Fleisher Scholars Fund Scholarship, and the Denes and Mary Agay Piano and Composition Scholarship at the Peabody Conservatory, where is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music Degree under the tutelage of Boris Slutsky. Please visit her website www.riekotsuchida.com for more information and upcoming events.